Lord Over The Sabbath!


At that time, Yeshua went through the grain fields on the Sabbath Day. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw, they said to Him: Behold, your disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath Day. But He said to them: Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him, how he entered into the house of YHVH and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless? But I say to you that One greater than the temple is in this place. But if you had known what this is, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," you would not have condemned those who are not guilty. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. And when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? This so that they might accuse Him. And He said to them:
What man among you will be, who will have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? How much better is a man then than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on Sabbath Day. Then He said to the man: Stretch out your hand! And he stretched it out, and it was restored whole like the other. Then the Pharisees went out and held council against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. But when Yeshua knew it, He withdrew Himself from there. And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them all. And He warned them that they not make Him known, so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen; My Elect, in whom My soul delights. I will put My Spirit in Him, and He shall declare judgment to the nations. He shall not strive, nor cry, nor shall anyone hear His voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not quench a smoking wick, until He sends out judgment to victory. And in His name the nations shall trust. (Isa 42:1-4 kjv) (Matt 12:1-21)
And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath Day, He entered into the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His doctrine. For He taught them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes. And in their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying: What is to us and to You, Yeshua of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know You and who You are; the Holy One of Elohim. And Yeshua rebuked him, saying: Be quiet, and come out of him! And the unclean spirit, convulsing him, and crying with a loud voice, he came out of him. They all were amazed, questioning among themselves saying: What is this? What new doctrine is this? For He even commands the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey Him.
And immediately His fame went out into all the Galilean neighborhood. And immediately after they had come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and at once they told Him about her. And He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. And instantly the fever left her, and she served them. And at evening, when the sun set, they brought all those who were diseased to Him, and those who had been demon-possessed. And all the city had gathered at the door. And He healed many who were sick of different diseases, and cast out many demons. And He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. (Mark 1:21-34)
And He went out from there and came into His native-place, and His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath Day had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him, were astonished, saying: Where does this one get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that even such mighty works are done by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him. But Yeshua said to them: A prophet is not without honor, except in His native-place and among His own kin and in His own house. So, He could do no work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick ones and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. He went around the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:1-6)

Sheep in the Ditch!

It is interesting that Messiah Yeshua referred to a sheep in the ditch, versus any other animal, because the logic would apply to all distressed animals. It is interesting because the sheep is also the animal Messiah Yeshua uses to describe humanity. Nonetheless, the Pharisees were lazy, soft-handed labor-free men, who exploited the presence of YHVH to avoid laboring; they were after all, religionists.
What good is it to keep the Sabbath when you live an antiChrist lifestyle and existence? A day of rest, called Sabbath, only applied to those who would labor by the sweat of the brow; they/we are the people that need that downtime: This prevented exhaustion or burnout. Sedentary people are eternally doomed anyway; keeping the Sabbath therefore, and in whatever formula, has no eternal meaning for them. It becomes just another excuse to do nothing, make nothing, grow nothing, or build nothing.
The antiChrists amassed mammon stores, which allowed them to become dominators who lorded human created rules and laws over people, so they would have subjects and underlings; a labor force and a military force. This is why the Jews, over centuries, buried the Ten Commandments under a Jewish stack of evermore laws; culminating in the 613 commandments (or Mitzvot).
From these kind, they could claim that Messiah Yeshua, and/or the eyewitness Apostles (as well as us future faith-alone disciples of Messiah Yeshua), were breaking Law concerning Sabbath. That's what happens when you give paper laws to the power-hungry; they abuse it for personal reasons. Many Jews, to this day, do not (indeed, cannot) understand that all the law was/is summarized by, and fulfilled in, Messiah Yeshua:
Hearing that Yeshua had silenced the Sadducee's, the Pharisees were gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked, tempting Him and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Yeshua said to him: You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matt 22:34-40
A day of rest; the Biblical Sabbath, was a weekly cessation from work, commonly observed, with varying definitions, among many of the world's religions, especially the Judeo-christian religions, but also used in various secular purposes, such as a Sabbatical.
I have heard that the week day does not matter, but if that is true, then why not just attend services on the Saturday Sabbath? Indeed, but the Elect of YHVH, the future resurrected disciples of Messiah Yeshua; we all know intimately that the sum of the YHVH creation is sacred; that all humans washed by the blood of Messiah Yeshua are holy: Saints! I once attended Adventist (SDA) church services; they too were merely business transactions that involved Mammon: Anathema!
These "services" were indeed, as they are titled; money generating ritual dispensers, or, what they understood as worship, even though they will live-die unconscious of what that word even means. Nonetheless, I do not think anyone will be cast into outer darkness, just because they attend a religion business every Sunday or every Wednesday for that matter.
I believe one has to be Spiritually doomed, even to partake in any religion business, in existence, anywhere and at any time. Christendom does not represent Messiah Yeshua: Christendom itself was created by false disciples, operating religion businesses designed to normalize the coming (and now present and dominant) monetization of everything (by the Monetizers), which is the root of all end-time cataclysms.
This explains also, why Christians have alternative celebrations to worldly celebrations, for they truly belong to The World. It is why the christianized celebrate heinous sin acts against YHVH, such as any form of militantism or militarism, patriotism or nationalism, or any form of us-against-them-ism. It is why they parrot The Lord's Prayer from Matthew (Matt 6:5-8,9-13) and not from John Seventeen. As the servants of the god of this world (2Co 4:1-5 nasb), they unwittingly subvert everything in scripture, even scripture itself.
The calendar did not exist for much of humanity; the only timepiece was the seasons, the sun and the moon: Astrology! All these things, YHVH created; however, humans created the calendar. To link a thing to the repeated past, requires accurate calendar keeping, and so, when we think of ancient history, we have to keep that in mind; that, without the calendar, humans did not know what day it was/is, only what season it was in the region they lived and traveled.
Sabbath is no different than baptism, communion, head-coverings in church or foot-washing. They are minor issues when compared to Salvation, and yet, why contend or divide over any of them? How much would it cost any of us, to worship on a Saturday Sabbath? How hard is it to get baptized, take communion, or wash each other's feet? How can a prayer head-covering be such a burden? Pride-ego-emotion! People get caught up in minutia; indeed, they strain out the gnat but swallow the camel (Matt 23:23-26). This is a victory for the enemy of the Cross. Satan seeks to sift us as wheat, but why let him?
The idea of keeping one day per seven, holy; the Sabbath, was more about our duty to spend time in prayer, meditation and contemplation; time in, with, and about YHVH. Before the Industrialization (or prostitution and infection) of the YHVH creation, humans worked hard; labored by the sweat of the brow. The purpose of Sabbath, therefore, was to keep people from falling over dead, or becoming workaholics, or work slaves, or money dependents, and to remember to take the time to honor YHVH. When we become too legalistic about this, then we miss its intent entirely, and thus its true blessings.
The Godless-religious do not have the Transforming epoch of the Indwelling Holy Spirit, who radically and profoundly changes our very existence upon Earth. The Godless-religious are without YHVH-in-them, and so, they are incarcerated within the tiny shoebox of the enculturation, and in there, they are stuck in the mire of dead legalism; the byproduct of the Godless religion/s. In that carnal primal state, they are still competitive little primates jockeying for position among the other territorial chimps; therefore, picking sides and drawing lines is paramount to them, just as it is to all gang members and bullies. Adversarialism is a natural state to the Godless-religious, just as it is to the Atheist.
They are as children (tossed to and fro), wherein they believe in the "my dad can beat up your dad" kind of immaturity. They suffer from adversarialism and competitivism, as all primates do. Scripture is not used to change their lives; it is just another thing to contend over; to take sides over; to monetize. Legalism is but the end-consequence of the Godless-religious, just like it was with the Pharisees (and Judaism) and the Jewish Ordinances.
When we study certain views of Christian Eschatology and the Laodicean Era (or Age) alongside the Prophecies of Revelation, most Anabaptists (and others) can recognize, as did the SDA, that the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3 represent seven eras spanning Pentecost and the Second Coming. The "Laodicean" (or lukewarm) period (Rev 3:14-22) represents the present era, which began (as some assume) in the 1840s (I personally believe it was the 1920's, but why quibble).
Nonetheless; what happened to the SDA, was (and is) the same thing that happens to all adherents who get caught-up in the world; the magisterial hierarchy, mammon and monetization and paper-money economics, and finally, the incorporation of church (Christianity, LLC). Messiah Yeshua said:
And that sown into the thorns is this; he who hears the word, and the anxiety of this world and the deceit of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other: You cannot serve God and mammon!
Now, the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned, from which some having swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling, desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully, knowing this; that the law is not made for a righteous man but for the lawless and disobedient, for the Godless and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; according to the glorious gospel of the blessed Adonai our Elohim, which was committed to my trust. (1Ti 1:5-11)
Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah Yeshua. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power, in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Messiah Yeshua. Buried with Him in baptism, wherein you are also risen with Him through the faith of the operation of YHVH, who has raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your flesh, He has quickened together with Him, having forgiven all of your trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore, judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: They are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Messiah Yeshua. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility, or worshiping of angels, intruding into those things, which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding The Head, from which all the body, by joints and bands, having nourishment, ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of Adonai our Elohim. Therefore, if you are dead with Messiah Yeshua, from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances? Touch not; taste not; handle not; which are all to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh. (Col 2:8-23)
Now, of the things that we have spoken, this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which The Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is of necessity that this Man have somewhat also to offer. For if He were on Earth, He should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law, who serve unto the example and shadow of Heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Elohim, when he was about to make the tabernacle, for says He: See that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount. (Exo 25:40) But now, He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also, He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, He says:
Behold, the days come, says Elohim, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, says Elohim. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YHVH: I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them as a Father, and they shall be to Me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbors, and every man his brother, saying: Know Adonai your Elohim! For all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Jer 31:31-34) In that He says: A New Covenant, He has made the first old. Now, that which decayed and waxed old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8 all) {Cf. 1Co 13:1-3,4-7,8-10}
For the law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says: Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure. Then said I: Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do your will, O Elohim. Above when He said: Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you would not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law: Then said He: Lo, I come to do your will, O Elohim. He takes away the first, that He may establish the second. By which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Messiah Yeshua, once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering, and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of {and as} Adonai our Elohim, and from henceforth expecting, until His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering, He has perfected forever, them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us, for after that He had said before: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says The Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:1-17)

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